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Advanced Business Strategy: Gaining a Competitive Edge

  • Date

    October 11, 2022

  • Time

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

  • Length

    3 consecutive days

  • Format

    On Campus

  • Cost


  • Registration Deadline

    October 4, 2022

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Learn a new framework for developing a business strategy that maximizes your competitive advantage and disrupts the competition.

What You'll Learn

If you’ve reached an inflection point in your career where you’re making increasingly important strategic decisions, this advanced strategy program will prepare you for these challenges.

This offering provides you with tools and frameworks for developing a competitive business strategy. Learn how to maximize your strategic advantage and create industry disruption with an integrated, sustainable business model. Expand your ability to analyze market and cost dynamics. Gain insights into the financial profiles of different business models.

Through a carefully designed sequence of business cases, interactive discussions, presentations, and group exercises, you will learn what gives winning organizations their edge in terms of competitive strategy and organizational agility.

Program Benefits

  • Construct a competitive business strategy based on sustainable economic advantages and operational alignment
  • Analyze the quadrants of your business model, employing field-tested tools and techniques
  • Communicate strategic business choices using language and concepts you can share to build buy-in
  • Prepare for the full spectrum of strategic challenges and opportunities that leaders face
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Topics Covered

  • Designing and analyzing business models
  • Assessing the competitive landscape, including cracks in others’ business models
  • Identifying sources of sustainable cost and differentiation advantage
  • Evaluating financial footprints and the different paths to profitability
  • Relating product uptake to revenue models and investment strategy
  • Connecting operational and strategic cost drivers
  • Preparing for strategic disruption and organizational realignment

Who Should Enroll

This program is ideal for:

  • Senior leaders who want to gain new insights into business strategy, market dynamics, and competitive advantage
  • Leaders moving into new roles where they need to anticipate the complex, interconnected implications of strategic decisions
  • Strategy and finance professionals who want to expand their toolkit related to business design and dynamics

While no specific training is required, ideally, participants will have previously studied strategy or attended a program on the fundamentals of strategy. Participants should also have a fundamental understanding of business economics.

October Schedule

Day 1
• Business Design
• Market Dynamics

Day 2
• Resource Dynamics
• Competitive Dynamics

Day 3
• Strategy Execution & Integration
• Advanced Strategy Toolkit

*This schedule is subject to change.


  • John Fay

    Jon Fay

    Jon is an instructor at Harvard Extension School, where he teaches graduate-level courses in business strategy and behavioral economics. Previously, Jon was vice president of executive development and global head of EMC University for EMC Corporation, an 80,000-employee technology company.

Certificates of Leadership Excellence

The Certificates of Leadership Excellence (CLE) are designed for leaders with the desire to enhance their business acumen, challenge current thinking, and expand their leadership skills.

This program is one of several CLE qualifying programs. Register today and get started earning your certificate.

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